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Mahela magic

Steven LynchAugust 26, 2014
Mahela Jayawardene ended his Test career on a high with a win over Pakistan last week © AFP
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Mahela Jayawardene made half-centuries in his first and last Test innings. How many other people have done this? asked Nirmal Mendis from Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene scored 66 in his first Test innings, as part of Sri Lanka's Test-record 952 for 6 against India at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo in August 1997, and he bowed out of Test cricket with 54 in his final innings, against Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo last week.

He's actually the 22nd player to do this: the first was Australia's Alick Bannerman, who made 73 in his first innings, against England in Melbourne in 1878-79, and 60 in his last, at Old Trafford in 1893.

Famous names on the list (only first and last innings, not first and last match) include Walter Hammond, Ian Redpath, Clive Lloyd, Greg Chappell, Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin.

Those 22 names exclude current players but include New Zealand's Rodney Redmond, who scored 107 and 56 in his only Test, against Pakistan in Auckland in 1972-73.

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